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The Pros and Cons of Water Births

Posted by Lara Salahi March 20, 2014 09:43 AM

Whenever I share my birth story to friends asking for labor advice, I always say that if I could go back, I would have labored longer in water. 


Mass. bill to ban shackling pregnant inmates in labor clears first major step

Posted by Lara Salahi February 19, 2014 10:50 AM

**Update** On Thursday, Feb. 20, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced an end to shackling pregnant inmates in labor. The comment came less than a week after the bill was presented to the state Legislate, and is part of a program he proposed to reduce recidivism by prison inmates by 50 percent over five years.


Massachusetts is one step closer to banning the practice of handcuffing pregnant inmates while they're in labor. The legislation, known as the “anti-shackling bill,” would prohibit shackling pregnant women during and immediately after childbirth. After a decade of its existence, the bill was cleared Friday through the Massachusetts Legislature.

It’s a step in the right direction for the state, and it’s about time.


FAQ: How will a doula help a woman's birthing experience?

Posted by Lara Salahi December 16, 2013 06:39 AM
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Tara Poulin, a mother of five, is a certified Birth Doula, a Birth Doula Trainer and founder of Birthing Gently. Her primary interest lies in working with high-risk mothers and planned cesarean sections at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston. She is also a childbirth educator and teaches classes at various Isis Parenting locations in Massachusetts. 

Royal Baby Watch: How The Brits Do It Differently

Posted by Lara Salahi July 11, 2013 04:20 AM

Poor Mrs. Middleton.

Every time I hear about how the countdown is on for the royal baby, I get flashbacks of my own final few days of pregnancy. They don't included the gorgeous Alexander McQueen coat I too donned (because I didn't), nor do they include being waited on swollen hand and foot in a palace (well, it depends on what you call a palace, I guess).


Chat Wednesday: Labor and Birth Techniques

Posted by Lara Salahi June 17, 2013 12:03 PM

Dr. William Camann, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of "Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth" answered your questions on different labor and birth techniques.

See the transcript below.


5 Truths About (Unplanned) C-Sections

Posted by Lara Salahi June 10, 2013 09:38 AM

Taking a childbirth class was probably one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy.

It allowed three hours a week of undistracted time to communicate our labor and birth plan.

And -- thank goodness -- it shot down my husband’s idea of shoving me in the back of his police cruiser and, sirens on, speed his way to the hospital -- all before ferociously wheeling me through the maternity ward like Julianne Moore in the movie “Nine Months.”

(Oh, Hollywood…)

But, while I spoke highly about childbirth classes to expectant mothers asking for advice on the best thing they can do to include their partner in the journey, I have a confession to make: I wasn’t always paying attention in class.


Duped by the Due Date Mind Game

Posted by Lara Salahi January 16, 2013 08:01 AM

Due dates are a hoax.

There. I said it.

It’s one of those pregnancy myths I wish were true. And I fell for it.

As a journalist, I innocently believed due date meant deadline. Meant you darn well better have something presentable by said date – even if it arrives kicking and screaming.

Even the dictionary says if you are due, you are proper. You are adequate. You are rightful. You are sufficient.

So why isn’t the little boomba here?


Can birthing really be a “wonderful experience”?

Posted by Lara Salahi December 12, 2012 08:24 AM

Tucked into page 267 of the birthing book that has found a place in my bottom bedside drawer is a packet of questions I received from my obstetrician on at my first visit.

Thirty-something weeks later, the answers are only half-filled.

I’ve strategically shoved this packet in an already read book so I wouldn’t feel obliged to crack it open any time soon. The overall placement is also strategic. It’s become challenging at this stage in my pregnancy to bend and reach the back of the lowest drawer -- a good enough excuse to fill it out some other day.

The dreaded packet is my birthing plan.


About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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